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19 foot Offshore Power Dory Build #16: Crack in Fiberglass on Transom

04-30-2017 09:07 PM by English | 2 comments »

Over the summer last year I noticed a crack developing beside my outboard on the transom. The crack is where a butt splice was on the transom when I originally built the boat. I had built the transom for a 20” motor and when I received the motor it needed 21 3/4” to get the cavitation plate even with the bottom of the hull. I considered several options for the repair. I considered removing the plywood off the entire transom, removing the 2×4 and the 2×8 an...

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19 foot Offshore Power Dory Build #15: Perfomance Update.

09-18-2015 09:33 PM by English | 7 comments »

I wanted to update my blog to let folks know that I had performance issues with my flat bottom designed boat. I believe I caused the issue by adding so much weight forward in the cabin and pilot house. The boat had a real control issue. It would not steer well at low speeds. The boat would just seem to slide sideways instead of turning. In reverse there was no control at all. The front of the boat would fish tail back and forth banging the dock on the way out of the ramp. I contacted t...

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19 foot Offshore Power Dory Build #14: Finished trim and fit and launched.

07-29-2015 12:02 AM by English | 23 comments »

I have finished the boat!! It was launched this week. The boat did well on it’s sea trails, floated well and did not take on any water. I have 814 Hours in the build and the boat weighs 1749 lbs. But to not get to far ahead of the story, Since my last entry, I have trimmed the boat in White Oak stained to red mahogany, and finished with three coats of Sikkens Cetol Marine varnish. I made shaker style doors for the battery locker, the entrance to the cabin and a storage area under...

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19 foot Offshore Power Dory Build #13: Finished Painting and trimming out Boat

07-04-2015 10:25 PM by English | 8 comments »

I have 718 hours in this build and the boat weighs 1703 lbs. Over the past Month I have finished painting the boat, Installed the rigging, Completed the wiring, installed the cleats, U-Bolts, Windows, seat boxes. The boat is very near completion, The first picture in this segment is where I am now. The first task I had this month was to make a rub rail. The rub rail is fitted near the top of the Hull and is the point that “rubs” the dock or other boats and absorbs the bl...

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19 foot Offshore Power Dory Build #12: Finishing Topsides and Painting

06-05-2015 09:23 PM by English | 16 comments »

I have 558 hours in this build and the boat weighs 1421 lbs. It has been over a month since I updated the blog. I have been working on finishing the topsides of the boat to get it ready to paint. In my last blog I had all the topside built except for the splash well. So my next job was to mix up thickened epoxy and fill screw holes and seams. While I was working on sanding thickened epoxy I removed the pilot house inside panels and my wife glassed them on saw horses. ...

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19 foot Offshore Power Dory Build #11: Closing up the decks, Getting the Rigging Ready.

04-29-2015 01:37 AM by English | 3 comments »

I am at 408 hours on this build and the boat weighs 1,237 lbs. I have been working on closing up the decks and getting everything ready to glass the topsides and paint. Progress seems slow but as I look over the pictures for this segment I see that a lot did get done. Conduits have been run to panel areas in the cabin. I installed two bilge pumps, one on each side of the keelson that separates the bilge area. Each pump is spliced into the power feeds using butt splices...

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19 foot Offshore Power Dory Build #10: Completing the Cabin and Building Pilot House

04-10-2015 12:57 AM by English | 8 comments »

I am at 324 Hours on this build and the boat weighs 1150 lbs. I have made good progress the last few weeks. I will say again this is much harder that building furniture. Every piece that goes on the Boat is either curved or at a compound angle. Each piece has to be hand fit. Many trips into the boat and back to the saws. All of the cabin roof supports are installed and the interior cabin wall is in. All of the interior cabin walls are in and wiring for the cabin lights is install...

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19 foot Offshore Power Dory Build #9: Building a Cabin

03-30-2015 11:39 PM by English | 5 comments »

I have 266 hours in the build so far, and the boat weighs 982 lbs. Since my last update. I have added a coat Epoxied to the inside of the boat and two coats of Rustoleum Marine paint. This wore me out. The epoxy can’t be sprayed so you have to use brushes and rollers. Working on the inside is much harder on the old body, I don’t work well on these old knee replacements. The next task is to get the foredeck and the gunwales installed. Here I have installed a support at fr...

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19 foot Offshore Power Dory Build #8: Getting the boat ready for paint, Painting, flipping the boat over.

03-17-2015 06:44 PM by English | 11 comments »

I am at 200 hours on this build and the boat weighs 835 lbs. After putting all the epoxy on the boat it had to be sanded. Epoxy is not self leveling. It orange peels very badly. I sanded for two days. Epoxy is very hard after it cures. After sanding I washed the boat with water. Then washed with lacquer thinner. After cleaning the boat I taped off the sides to get ready for paint. Then I painted the bottom with five very thin coats of Interlux VC Performance Epoxy with Tefl...

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19 foot Offshore Power Dory Build #7: Finishing the Fiberglass on the Boat

02-27-2015 10:21 PM by English | 9 comments »

I am at 180 hours on the build and the boat weighs 835 lbs. Since my last update I have added another layer of fiberglass to the entire boat and 3 coats of epoxy filler. I had some issues with the epoxy fill coats, the epoxy I am using is 600cc viscosity. that’s very thin. It runs very badly . I discovered today after sanding off my runs from the 2nd coat, that if I used a 1/4” foam roller, I could roll it on thin enough that it did not run. It did leave a lot of bubbles in...

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